Federal officials say they'll release their final plan Wednesday to recover struggling bull trout in five Western states with the goal of lifting Endangered Species Act protections. The AP reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Bull Trout Recovery Plan outlines conservation actions needed to boost populations in six recovery units spread over Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California and a tiny portion of northern Nevada.
"Beginning Wednesday, they'll know what the roadmap is for achieving recovery and fixing what's going on in their areas of recovery," said Steve Duke, bull trout recovery planning coordinator for the agency. "I feel really good about what we've put out."
The recovery plan is the result of a settlement Fish and Wildlife made last year following a lawsuit by two environmental groups, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Wild Swan. In early June, Fish and Wildlife released a draft plan that Duke said received about 50 comments. He said the final plan has some slight changes based on the comments but overall is similar to the draft plan that's available on the federal agency's website; you can read a full report here from AP reporter Keith Ridler.